Michael Strahan receives first sports-entertainment star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

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TV personality and former NFL player Michael Strahan kneels next to his star during an unveiling ceremony honoring the 2,744th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Monday.  Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI

TV personality and former NFL player Michael Strahan kneels next to his star during an unveiling ceremony honoring the 2,744th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Monday. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License picture

January 23 (UPI) — hello america and Fox NFL Sunday Host Michael Strahan received the 2,744th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, becoming the first sports-entertainment star to earn the honor.

“We are very pleased to usher in the first sports-entertainment star for Michael Strahan,” Hollywood Walk of Fame producer Ana Martinez said in a statement.

“Sports fans will be thrilled to see their favorite sports personalities involved in the entertainment industry receive their stars. Michael’s extensive experience in sports and sports broadcasting makes him the perfect choice to add to the famous sidewalk.”

Martinez hosted the ceremony, and former NFL player turned TV and movie star Terry Crews and SMAC co-founder and CEO Constance Schwartz-Morini were there to support Strahan.

Strahan also hosts the 100,000 dollar pyramida co-production with SMAC and ABC.

The gold standard in a field crowded with former NFL players turned TV personalities, podcasters and pundits, Strahan also owns an eponymous menswear brand, which has added skincare lines. and boys in the seven years since its inception.

Schwartz-Morini recalled how she and Strahan met when Strahan recorded a song with Randy Travis called “Brinks Truck” on an NFL country compilation album in 2006. She was working in the NFL at the time, and the two struck up a business relationship that accelerated. when Strahan retired in 2007.

“In the mid-1990s, when [NFL executive] Tracy Perlman and I were in the process of securing our roster to be on the NFL Jams and country albums, you were the only player who needed to be on both,” she said.

“But it’s you – the gifted one who isn’t afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try new things and break down barriers for those who come behind you, while doing it your own way.”

Crews said he felt honored to speak on behalf of his friend at the ceremony.

“There’s nothing that symbolizes fame more than Michael Strahan. We’re ex-athletes and we sat down talking and you said, ‘Man, should I try this Hollywood thing? I was like man, man, your personality, who you are, your smile is absolutely captivating. If you don’t, you’ll make a mistake.”

“As a black man, as an athlete, every American should strive to be the kind of person you are. The only word I have for Michael Strahan is integrity,” Crews added.

“When I was going through the toughest time of my career, the only person I could call was Mike. And he not only supported me, he put me on my platform so I could tell my story like she had to be.

“The integrity he showed at this time in my life I will never forget and everyone here on his behalf already knows that.”

In his comments, Strahan, 51, said that in life everyone wants to feel valued.

“I was that kid who was looked at in so many ways. When I had jobs washing dishes in the kitchen or cutting the grass or moving furniture, I wasn’t always looked at as if I had a goal,” he told the audience watching from the waiting area near the new star’s location on Hollywood Boulevard.

“You felt like you were being looked at in a certain way in which you had no value,” he added. “I always wanted people around me to feel they had purpose and worth.”

The former NFL Defensive Player of the Year who played his entire 15-year football career with the New York Giants, says the team concept is also important to him.

He cited his parents, including his mother, Louise, who attended the ceremony, and his late father, Gene. The two have been married for over 60 years.

He said his father instilled values ​​in him that he tried to replicate in his own role as a father of four. Her three daughters, Tanita, Isabella and Sophia, attended the ceremony, as well as her mother.

“I never thought I’d be on TV. It happened,” he said, acknowledging his current and former agents, Disney CEO Bob Iger, ABC Chairman Kim Godwin and several Fox executives who were present.

“I learned that in any job you have, you can go to work and enjoy it,” he said of his work with Fox NFL Sunday. “There’s never been a Sunday in 15 years where I’ve walked into this studio and said I’d rather be somewhere else. Never, never, and I say that from the bottom of my heart.”

Strahan concluded his remarks by saying he had two goals in pursuing a career after nearly dropping out of college, which he said his parents wouldn’t let him do.

“I wanted to make my mom and dad proud and, by extension, my kids. And I wanted to make enough money so I didn’t have to go back and live with my parents, and I hope I’ve accomplished both things.”

He added: “It’s not just my name on [the plaque]. It’s the whole Strahan family.”

His ABC co-hosts Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Fox NFL Sunday welcomes Jay Glazer, Curt Menefee, Howie Long, rap star Wiz Khalifa, a entertainment tonight host Kevin Frazier was also there to support Strahan.

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